Originally posted by tsores
Why is it that so many restaurants seem to charge for soda refills but not for iced tea refills? (Should this be a separate thread?)
I think that's a cultural thing. In some areas of the country, iced tea is so common of a drink, it's practically considered as common as water. Therefore, charging for a refill on iced tea, is like charging for water.
In my hometown, the opposite would be true. You are rarely charged for refills on fountain beverages, and slightly MORE likely to be charged a refill on the iced tea.
Fountain drink prices at some restaurants have gotten out of hand specifically because of the refill issue. $2.50 to, in some cases, $4.00 for a 16oz glass of soda with "free" refills. The cost of that soda to the restaurant is so small, it's practically robbery.
The free refill idea has led to a complete over charging of soda.
In all honesty, I'd rather be charged $1 per soda than $2.50 and up with free refills. Because, in most cases, I'd spend less that way. With the drastic mark up for a fountain drink at a restaurant, I hope there aren't any restaurant owners complaining about people having more than a refill or two. You are making out like bandits in the end.